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Getting The Most Out of Your Furnace

As the weather outside continues to get colder, you can be sure that your furnace, along with the rest of your heating system, will have to work harder to ensure you’re comfortable in your home. To be certain that your home will be kept warm, it’s a good idea to do some basic maintenance on your furnace. If any adjustments need to be made to your furnace, or any major work, we recommend you go with a pro. Before you get started, be sure to disable the fuel supply and electrical power. Be sure you know how to do so before tackling this project. After you have completed the following steps, turn the fuel line and electricity back on. Always check user guides for further instruction.

    1. Examine fiberglass filters once a month regardless if the weather is hot or cold.
      • Pleated filters can last up to three months.
      • Permanent filters should be washed monthly.
      • Electronic air-cleaner filters should be cleaned every other month.
    2. Make sure the pilot light is burning. Some units will have to be lit by hand, if it does go out. Always follow guidelines for relighting a pilot light. These can often be found on the access door.
    3. Inspect the blower and vacuum for any dust or debris. Check the filter every 30 days or so, and replace as needed. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow, and cause the unit to work harder than it needs to.
    4. Lubricate the blower motor.
    5. Check the burner for corrosion.
    6. Ensure flue is venting properly, and inspect for any dents or gaps.
    7. Clean the air registers around your house by vacuuming all the dust up.

Take a little extra time to go through these steps, and you should be a able to get a little more life out of your furnace. If you are have any issues beyond basic maintenance, or if you would rather a pro take care of the steps above, you can always call us at 817-488-6733. We take your comfort personal.

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